Social & Emotional Resources

Cancer affects more than your physical self. It challenges your capacity to cope socially and emotionally. Former patients and families faced these same challenges and created communities to provide support so that today, there is a wide variety of help for someone confronted with a cancer diagnosis. Below are some wonderful links to organizations that are dedicated to comforting patients and their families through the use of education, counseling, networking and emotional and financial support.


American Cancer Society

A well-known organization worldwide, ACS provides information and support, including a very informative section about health insurance. ACS’s Reach to Recovery program is a wonderful resource that offers patients the opportunity to connect with a specially trained breast cancer survivor. If you need to travel for care, the ACS has Hope Lodges throughout the country, and they also offer a program called the Road to Recovery which provides patients with rides to and from treatment (supported by volunteers).

BCMets.org

BCMets.org is an online community specifically for patients with metastatic breast cancer. It is an invaluable source of support and information.

#BCSM

BCSM stands for “breast cancer social media”, and while the site offers general resources for breast cancer, the highlight is a Twitter chat held every Monday night at 9 PM EST, hosted by knowledgeable breast cancer advocates.

Breastcancer.org

This site has a plethora of information regarding breast cancer: education, prevention, nutrition, changes in sex and intimacy, wig and hat advice, to name a few.
Cancer and Careers

Directed at working women with cancer, this site provides information on how to handle cancer in the workplace. It includes links to detailed legal material and a forum where you can ask questions to be answered by a career coach.
CancerCare

A non-profit organization that offers free support in the form of counseling, on-line support groups, and financial aid, among other services.

Cancer Support Community

An international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. To ensure no one has to face cancer alone, these support services are available through a network of professionally led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and other non-profits, as well as online. In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community.

Caregiver Action Network

CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
CaringBridge.org

An organization that provides free, easy-to-use websites to patients and their families so they can keep the rest of their support network updated throughout treatment and recovery.
Chemo Angels

Designed to provide personal support to patients undergoing chemotherapy, Chemo Angels is comprised of volunteers who mail letters and gifts to chemo patients. It is rewarding to participate either way, as a volunteer or as a patient.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

FORCE is the only national non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Imerman Angels

This very special organization matches patients undergoing treatment with another person who went through a similar experience. Their top priorities when matching are type of cancer, age and gender. They also offer matches for caregivers.


The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to researching the cause of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), an advanced and accelerated form of breast cancer usually not detected by mammograms or ultrasounds. They offer education and resources for patients and their loved ones as well as grants for scientists studying inflammatory breast cancer.


Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation

“Treating the families, not the cancer.” Inspired by a young mother and her family, this foundation provides vacations for families with a parent who has late-stage, limited life expectancy cancer. Families are referred to the organization by an oncologist.


Lotsa Helping Hands

An organization that allows patients/friends/families to set up a private, free community web page to organize rides/dinners/playdates for children, etc. It provides organized support for patients and their families, mobilizing those around them in a coordinated effort.

Sharsheret

Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation

TNBC’s mission is to be a credible source for triple negative breast cancer information, a catalyst for science and patient advocacy groups, and a caring community with meaningful services for patients and their families.
2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free hotline through the United Way that provides a wealth of information about various resources to help families in need, whether it’s for financial assistance or suggestions for community support organizations.
Young Survival Coalition

This site focuses on young women with breast cancer. Their comprehensive glossary of health care terms serves the entire breast cancer community.
 
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